Quick response to house on fire
Neighbours' quick reactions helped to save a house and occupants in a fire last Thursday.
A fire broke out at the back of a house on Kenny Street in Waihi in the early hours of the morning.
Neighbours saw the blaze while leaving for football practice at around 5.45am.
“Flames were coming out of the house, blocking the driveway. My wife called the brigade straight away,” Rudy Sas says.
Inside the rental property was a woman and her two-week-old baby.
Both were taken to the Waihi hospital Annexe for observation.
Waihi Brigade deployed two fire trucks and a van to extinguish the blaze while the occupants evacuated.
Chief Moe Stevens says neighbours' quick reaction helped to contain the damage.
“Luckily, the neighbours rang us quickly to get the fire out otherwise the house would have been gone,” he says.
Moe says the smoke alarm also helped to alert the occupants.
The fire started in the store room at the back of the house, burning furniture, chairs, a barbecue, some blankets and other items.
The origin of the blaze was still being investigated.
“It was a scary start to the day,” Rudy says, “but luckily everybody is ok.”
“The brigade arrived two and a half minutes after we rang.
“They were really quick and I am grateful for that,” he says.